Gray pitches A’s past Rangers again

Arlington, TX ( – The last time Sonny Gray faced the Texas
Rangers, he flirted with a no-hitter on Opening Day.

Throwing against them for a second time this season, the Oakland Athletics ace
battled control problems on the way to a career-high seven walks.

The result was the same, of course — another win for Gray against the team
he’s beaten more than any other in his career.

Gray overcame his control problems to pile up a season-high 10 strikeouts in 6
2/3 shutout innings Sunday, leading the A’s to a 7-1 victory over the Rangers
in the finale of a three-game series.

Gray (4-0) gave up just two hits and trimmed his ERA to 1.67 in six starts
this season.

He continued his career dominance of the Rangers, especially in their park,
where is has won all four of his starts. He improved to 6-2 in eight career
games against the AL West rivals.

The offense provided plenty of cushion for the right-hander, with Stephen Vogt
cracking two homers and driving in a career-high four runs and Josh Reddick
adding a two-run blast as the A’s finished with two wins in the series.